Our 13th Annual Conference

Water Technologies: The Wave of the Future

February 16-17, 2017

The Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center · Cincinnati, Ohio


Program Details

Thursday, February 16, 2017

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Kingsgate Marriott
Networking and Dinner by the Bite; University Water Technologies — Solutions Showcase

Friday, February 17, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kingsgate Marriott
Keynote and Panels



Keynote Speaker:

Sally Gutierrez - Director, Environmental Innovation Clusters Program, Environmental Protection Agency

“Water Technology Priorities for the Future: A Call to Action for Universities, Industry and Government to Find Solutions”

Sally Gutierrez is the Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program within the Office of Research and Development (ORD). This new effort seeks to advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of public private partnerships. She has been leading EPA's efforts to leverage its research and development capability in Cincinnati, Ohio with community based assets to establish the region as a water technology innovation hub and is leading an effort to network water innovation clusters across the U.S.

Prior to this appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 8 years.

Special Presentation:

Jim Woodell, Ph.D., Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

“New University and Industry Initiatives in the Water Sector: Strategies for Making a Difference”

Dr. Woodell works closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. He serves as the lead for APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and also the Association's Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), advancing APLU's economic and community engagement agenda. He is an expert on how institutions respond to regional, state, and federal economic and research policy with initiatives in innovation, technology transfer, and economic, community, and workforce development. Prior to joining APLU, Woodell served as Assistant Director for Transformative Regional Engagement (TRE) Networks, focused on bringing together business, government, universities, and non-profits for innovation-driven regional development.

  • Join the discussion, as we focus on:
  • A look at sources of today’s and future threats that will drive change
  • Game-changing university technologies in the areas of water purification, remediation and other major societal water problems
  • Industry needs and perspectives powering change
  • Translating major challenges into opportunity through university-industry-government collaboration

Showcase Information: February 16

The conference will begin with the OVALS University Water Technologies—Solutions Showcase: Thursday, February 16. Eligible students, faculty and staff from the OVALS members will present their technology via table/poster to the water community and be judged by a group of local water industry representatives and entrepreneurs.

This year’s Technology Showcase will feature the inaugural class from the Pipeline H2O Water Technology Accelerator.  This group of 8 companies was selected from 66 applicants from 5 continents.  Come and hear about their exciting technologies and help select the winner of the technology competition.

Click here for the Application.


Conference Information: February 17

Fees • The conference registration fees ($125 regular registration, $100 academic, and $50 student) includes conference materials, Thursday  Networking and Dinner by the Bite; University Water Technologies — Solutions Showcase and Friday's continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

The fee for an exhibit table on Friday is $250 per table and includes one conference registration.

Single day registration for Thursday University Water Technologies — Solutions Showcase is $25.

Refunds • If you register and find you are not able to attend, you will receive a full refund by calling 513.558.1810 or e-mailing Katy.Marston@uc.edu by February 1, 2017. No refunds will be processed after this date. Substitutions may be made at any time.



Kingsgate Conference Center

Kingsgate Conference Center


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the special rate of $139 plus tax. Please make your reservation by:

Phone: call 1-888-720-1299 and identifying yourself as a participant of the 13th Annual OVALS Conference.

Online: reserve your room online here.

Cut off date is: Feb. 2, after Feb. 2nd, rooms may be reserved on a space and rate available basis only.


Kinsgate Conference Center
151 Goodman Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Reservations: 1-888-720-1299


What is OVALS?

The OVALS Partnership developed in 2002 as a forum to discuss and stimulate economic development opportunities for Life Sciences within the “Ohio Valley” region. The goals of the partnership are to:

  • Increase regional visibility for existing life sciences assets
  • Open new opportunities for collaboration across research institutions, industry and federal labs
  • Expand and create new regional economic development initiatives in the life sciences arena

The OVALS mission is to promote scientific collaboration across the five research institutions, related industry and economic development groups in order to:

  • Expand research directions
  • Open new funding avenues
  • Increase commercialization of the resultant new technologies

The cumulative assets and capabilities of the OVALS region positions it effectively to become a nationally recognized high growth area for life sciences, biotechnology, and related commercial and entrepreneurial efforts.

Why engage the OVALS region?

The founding partner universities attract and expend approximately $650 million per year on basic and applied research, which generates over 240 intellectual property disclosures per year.

In addition, this collaborative relationship contains many of the critical elements necessary to compete on a national basis:

  • A wide range of state-of-the-art biomedical research facilities
  • A significant number of researchers with world-class reputations in BioDefense, Entrepreneurship, Cancer, Drug Development, Cardiovascular Science
  • Increased attraction and availability of capital from funds including Chrysalis
  • Strategic and innovative corporate collaborations focused on commercialization of university life sciences research.
  • Robust entrepreneurial support systems with clear access to experienced know-how
  • Strong support foundations from two state and four local governments